January 17, 2019

Five Investor Voting Trends on Environmental, Social and Governance Proposals

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December 5, 2018

ESG Shareholder Proposal Findings That Will Surprise You

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Thank you to Proxy Insight Ltd that provided data for this Farient Brief.

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November 27, 2018

The Seven “Deadly Sins” for Compensation Committee Agendas in 2019

In the spirit of the holiday season that precedes proxy season, we have developed our “Seven Deadly Sins for Compensation Committees in 2019” that are bound to place you on Santa’s naughty list should you make the mistake of not avoiding them. Our list, which includes specific action steps for committees to take, is based on investor feedback, proxy advisor sentiment and emerging “hot topics” in addition to our own observations.

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October 9, 2018

Director Pay: A Close Look at the Trends

Executive pay gets plenty of attention in the press and from shareholders. Whether it’s the top 10 pay disclosures of the year or the latest severance package of a big company CEO, the story is sure to garner headlines. As if CEO pay isn’t enough, director pay is now starting to grab the attention of investors as well. In this Farient brief, we take a closer look at the trends of director pay and where it might be heading in the future.

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September 18, 2018

Board Diversity Legislation: What You Need to Know

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Diversity on corporate boards continues to be a pressing topic. According to research from Catalyst, Women on Boards 2020 and a recent study from McKinsey, gender diverse boards are 21 percent more likely to experience above-average performance. This, in turn, continues to push investors to demand that companies diversify their boards. Within the past year, BlackRock, State Street and Vanguard have changed their voting guidelines and will withhold votes for sitting directors at companies that do not have women on their boards. The hurdle is expected to rise in 2020 when these investors expect at least two female directors to be present on every board. Some states are even pushing board diversity legislation for public companies.

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